VPN app for Android

Discussion in 'Android' started by RJF, Jul 13, 2017.

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  1. RJF

    RJF Getting the hang of it

    Jun 11, 2017
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    What VPN apps are you using on your Android phones to connect the BI app to your home network?
  2. looney2ns

    looney2ns Known around here

    Sep 25, 2016
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    Evansville, Indiana
    OpenVPN on an Asus router, OpenVPN connect on cell.
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  3. cpcarter2

    cpcarter2 n3wb

    Jul 29, 2016
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    I use a Pfsense router running IKE v2 and the strongswan android app, I also connect with the built in Windows 10 VPN client. IKE v2 works really well it was designed for more mobile applications and it does not disconnect through interruptions like hopping cell towers, or going from Wi-Fi to cell data.
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  4. truglo

    truglo Getting the hang of it

    Jun 28, 2017
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    I recommend using the open source "openvpn for android" instead.

    First because it works with the newer GCM ciphers (aka 'tls-crypt', it is way faster and more secure). The official openvpn connect app has been lagging on support for tls-crypt.

    Openvpn for android also has a lot more settings exposed in the config gui. For example, say you need to add a route exception to allow wifi tethering while connected to your openvpn server (yeah, non-rooted droid api does not allow you to tether in to a tunnel... for good reasons). With the official app you'd have to edit a config file and import to your phone. With the open source app, you just enter your tethering gateway ip in the exceptions box.

    I have used both apps a while, and imho there is no real benefit to using the official app. The open source has all the features of the official, and then some.

    As far as other vpns... do your research. When I read up before setup, most of the respected networking experts seem to agree a properly setup openvpn tunnel is preferred... only crackable by the likes of the nsa, etc... Not something I need to worry about lol.

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